My name is Carrie. I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee but now live in Norman, Oklahoma. I am an avid fan of the Tennessee Vols, all things Harry Potter, and the month of October. My biggest passion is working with people who have intellectual disabilities and promoting inclusion.

In 2014, I moved to India to care for a group of 12 orphaned children with various disabilities. I immediately fell in love with an adorable four year old girl with Down syndrome. Leaving her to move back to the U.S. was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There hasn’t been a single day that I’ve ceased to think about her, pray for her, and dream about what life would be like as her mom. She has felt like my daughter since the day I met her, and I am am hopeful that one day she will be my daughter forever.

I work for Young Life Capernaum, a Christian ministry for teenagers and young adults with intellectual disabilities. Young Life exists all over the world, so please contact me if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved!

This blog will primarily document *Heidi (fake name used to protect her privacy) and I’s journey to become a family. But I’ll also be posting about topics like disability, inclusion, feminism, faith, and of course my ministry with Young Life Capernaum.

In order to make this blog completely accessible and more inclusive, I will be adding picture descriptions to every photo for readers who are visually impaired. I highly recommend that everyone start doing this – let’s make the internet accessible and inclusive!

Picture description: There is a photo of *Heidi and I at the top of the page. I am wearing an orange punjabi dress and looking down at *Heidi who is leaning on my chest. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a gray t-shirt. A teal flower is covering most of her face, but you can see her big smile underneath!